Olympic medalist Mary Kom has been unanimously elected chairperson of the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) Athletes Commission, while table tennis legend Achanta Sharath Kamal has been elected vice-chairperson of the body. Previously, on Monday, it was revealed that Mary Kom, PV Sindhu, and Commonwealth Games medalist Achanta Sharath Kamal were among the ten eminent athletes who will comprise the Indian Olympic Association’s new ‘Athletes Commission’ (IOA). According to an IOA press release, Returning Officer (RO) Umesh Sinha announced the list of ten commission members on Monday in New Delhi.
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“The list constitutes eminent athletes including, Olympic Bronze Medalist and Padma Vibhushan boxer Mary Kom, Double Olympic medalist and Padma Bhushan awardee badminton ace PV Sindhu, Olympic medalist and Padma Shri shooter Gagan Narang, Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Padma Shri TT player Achanta Sharath Kamal, Olympian and CWG Gold medalist Padma Shri rower Bajrang Lal, Khel Ratna awardee and Olympic silver medalist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, Khel Ratna awardee and Olympian Rani Rampal, Asian Cup Gold winner and Olympian Shiva Keshavan, Olympian and CWG Fencing championship gold medalist and Arjuna Awardee Bhavani Devi and Om Prakash Karhana made it to the Athletes’ Commission, uncontested,” said a press release from IOA.
Boxing star Mary Kom unanimously elected as the chairperson of the Athletes’ Commission of IOA (Indian Olympic Association). Olympic gold medalist table tennis player Achanta Sharath Kamal elected the vice chairperson. pic.twitter.com/ket3uXBRpx
— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2022
Prior to the election, a total of 42 candidates were announced.
Following a dinner meeting, 32 candidates withdrew their candidacy, resulting in a unanimous decision.
Following an evaluation, it was discovered that the ten candidates on the final list of candidates met the requirements of the IOA charter’s categories and subcategories, specifically sections 2A and 2B, which state that 1) the candidate must have competed in at least one of the last three Olympic Games or 2) won a medal at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, or National Games. The ten candidates were declared uncontested winners and members of the IOA’s new Athletes’ Commission. The Returning Officer distributed certificates of election.
A landmark moment for sports in India, with the formation of the #AthletesCommission of the IOA. Delighted to be a part of this Athletes commission and contributing to the betterment of athletes across all sports in our country! pic.twitter.com/Pp1FNhqkbJ
— Sharath Kamal OLY (@sharathkamal1) November 14, 2022